IRAC MOVES NHRC AGAINST TORTURE OF 17 YEAR OLD DIFFERENTLY ABLED TRIBALE BOY BY POLICE IN KERELA

On 11th August, Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) approached National Human Rights Comission over torture of Rajeev, a 17-year old differently able boy (Tribal), by the Kerala Police and forcible arrest of tribal chief Choriyamooppan (65 years) and his son V S Murugan (44 years) at the Vattuluki hamlet under Sholayur police station in Attapadi …

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IRAC celebrates the Indigenous Peoples’ Day

On 9 August 2021, IRAC joined the international community to celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in India. Supporters and volunteers from across India participated in a poster campaign on the occasion. The idea was to click picture of self by holding a poster with a quote/slogan on the indigenous peoples. Several …

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IRAC DEMANDS JUDICIAL INQUIRY IN FAKE ENCOUNTER CASE

On 5th August 2021, the Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) demanded a judicial inquiry into the alleged fake encounter killing of Bheema Kunjam by the security forces at Paddigua village in Sukma.  The Tribal man identified as Bheema Kunjam about 25 years was allegedly killed in a fake encounter by the security forces at Paddigua …

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IRAC DEMANDS RELEASE OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER VALSINGH SASTE

On 5th August 2021, Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) sought immediate intervention of National Human Rights Comission (NHRC) in the matter of Human Rights Defender Valsingh Saste.  On 22nd July 2021, Barwani district administration in Madhya Pradesh issued an externment notice of one year to Valsingh Saste who is a tribal rights activist and member …

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False FIR against 7 Chenchu tribals in Telangana

IRAC has taken strong note of a report in The Times of India titled “Telangana: Complaint against seven members of Chenchus after clash with forest officials” dated 4 July 2021 (accessed at https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/complaint-against-7-chenchus-after-clash-with-forest-officials/articleshowprint/84102211.cms)   According to the report, seven Chenchu tribals were accused of pouring petrol on a forest beat officer at Macharam in Amrabad …

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IRAC moves rights bodies over death of a 14-year-old tribal boy in landmine blast near India-Myanmar border

On 30 May 2021, the Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IIRAC) moved the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights over the  death of a 14-year-old tribal boy named Ere Dhan Tongchangya S/O Chirappo Tongchangya in IED landmine blast near India-Myanmar border near Bundukbanga village in Lawngtlai district of …

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IRAC demands withdrawal of the controversial Draft Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation 2021

On 25 May 2021, the Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) has submitted its comments on the Draft Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation 2021 (“LDAR 2021”) and requested the Administrator to withdraw the controversial draft in the interest of the natives of the islands. The draft threatens the existing land ownership and usage in Lakshadweep by giving …

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Re-arresting two human rights defenders by Manipur Police

On 19 May 2021, the Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) filed a complaint against the re-arrest of two human rights defenders namely Kishorchandra Wangkhem (a journalist with ‘Frontline Manipur’ news portal) and Erendro Leichombam of Imphal after they were granted bail by the court in Imphal, Manipur on 17 May 2021. As per media reports, …

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IRAC moves NHRC over killing of 53-year old tribal widow in Assam

On 25 May 2021, the Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) raised the issue of killing of Ms Laksheswari Daimary, a 53-year-old tribal widow, at No 1 Geruajuli area of Rangapara in Sonitpur district of Assam on the night of 24 April 2021 in a case of witch-hunting.  The assailants barged into her house on the …

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IRAC action against killing of tribal villagers in police firing in Chhattisgarh

On 18 May 2021, the Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) filed a complaint  with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against the killing of three tribal villagers in police firing near CRPF camp at Silger village in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on 17 May 2021. On 12 May 2021, security forces set up a CRPF …

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